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Personal Canon: West Side Story's Anita

Hello! I've been doing a "personal canon" series where I write what happened to a bunch of my favorite characters from old musicals that the movie/play didn't get into. I wrote about West Side Story's Anita here.

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mapol
Jul. 30th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
This is a great essay, which made me think.
I never thought that Maria would be pregnant with Tony's baby that night, but it's an interesting concept, to boot.

I don't think that Anita ended up hating Maria after the Jets had abused her, both physically and verbally, in Doc's Candy Store, but I do think that she remained angry with her for awhile afterwards, and then forgave her.

Maria, on the other hand, had a much more optomistic outlook than Anita from the start, when it came to relations with the native Americans, so that, too, shone through, as well.
petzipellepingo
Jul. 30th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: This is a great essay, which made me think.
I don't if someone - Jerry, Arthur - suggested that to her but I did see her state that in a book I have on the musical. And it is an interesting idea. And if so, that would definitely color her relationship with both the Jets and the Sharks.
mapol
Jul. 30th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: This is a great essay, which made me think.
Good point, Petzi. The idea of Maria becoming pregnant by Tony, in all the years that I've been a devout fan of West Side Story, as well as the number of times I've seen the film West Side Story, has never once crossed my mind.

Maria's optimism was the antithesis of Anita's suspicion, and ultimately, hostility, but something tells me that she eventually got over Tony's death and went on with her life, if one gets the drift.

Yet, i wonder if Anita eventually calmed down after having said what she said to the Jets due to their having physically and verbally abused her in Doc's Candy Store, when she wanted to protect Tony against a now-avenging Chino. Possibly. Who knows?

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